Publications

  • May 22, 2003

    Bank of Canada Review - Spring 2003

    BoC Review - Spring 2003

    Cover page

    Seventeenth-Century English Tradesmen's Tokens

    The tokens pictured on the cover are part of the National Currency Collection.

    Photographed by Gord Carter, Ottawa.

  • May 22, 2003

    Inflation Targeting and Medium-Term Planning: Some Simple Rules of Thumb

    Inflation targeting, a stable macroeconomic environment, and an average growth rate for potential output that is not expected to vary much in the next several years all help households, businesses, and governments in their medium-term economic and financial planning. Several simple rules of thumb can be usefully employed in this planning. Specifically, inflation targeting has maintained most major measures of inflation quite close to the target midpoint on average over a number of years. Combined with a clear fiscal framework, this has contributed to a more stable macroeconomic environment in which output varies less around its potential level. Potential output growth is expected to average around 3 per cent over the next several years. In light of these factors and historical relationships, labour income, profits, and consumer spending will likely grow, on average, by about 5 per cent over the medium term. Real and nominal long-term interest rates should also continue to be stable, with real 30-year yields varying around 3.5 or 4.0 per cent, and nominal yields varying around 5.5 or 6.0 per cent.
  • May 21, 2003

    Conference Summary: Price Adjustment and Monetary Policy

    The 2002 Bank of Canada Conference focused on price adjustment, a critically important issue for monetary policy. Given the acceptance throughout the 1990s and 2000s of the existence of price stickiness in goods or labour markets, or both, and of the important role that monetary policy can play in an economy, the time was right for a conference that would focus on current developments in this area of research, particularly within a Canadian context. Conference papers covering both theoretical and empirical studies explored such themes as sources of the persistence of inflation, forward-looking models of inflation, models of inflation in open economies, the macroeconomic effects of technology shocks, and models of the interaction between wages, prices, and real economic outcomes.
  • May 20, 2003

    Updating the Bank of Canada Commodity Price Index

    The Bank of Canada Commodity Price Index (BCPI) summarizes the price movements of 23 commodities produced in Canada. Information provided by the BCPI is used in analyzing movements in GDP, industrial producer prices, inflation, and the exchange rate. Effective 15 May 2003, a number of changes will be reflected in the BCPI. To ensure that the index accurately reflects the natural resource sectors of the economy, a number of new components and pricing sources have been incorporated into the BCPI. Weights in the new index will be chained to 1 January 1991 and 1 January 2000 to better reflect contemporary values.
  • April 23, 2003

    Monetary Policy Report - April 2003

    The global economic outlook has been clouded by a high degree of uncertainty, accentuated most recently by the war in Iraq.
  • January 30, 2003

    Annual Report 2002

    In the year just ended, the global economy faced a number of exceptional challenges, reflecting a wide range of economic, financial, and geopolitical risks and uncertainties. These included the fallout from the September 2001 terrorist attacks, corporate accounting scandals, stock market volatility, and developments in the Middle East. Despite this global backdrop, the Canadian economy outperformed virtually all other industrial economies, growing by about 3 1/4 per cent and creating 560,000 jobs, while inflation expectations remained well anchored to the Bank of Canada’s 2 per cent inflation-control target.
    Content Type(s): Publications, Annual Report
  • January 23, 2003

    Monetary Policy Report Update - January 2003

    At the time of the October Monetary Policy Report, the Bank projected that core inflation would rise in the fourth quarter of 2002, reflecting a combination of one-off factors - including the rise in insurance premiums - and the “echo effect” from developments towards the end of 2001.
  • January 21, 2003

    Bank of Canada Review - Winter 2002-2003

    BoC Review - Winter 2002-2003

    Cover page

    A Nineteenth-Century Court Case

    The note and court document shown on the cover form part of the National Currency Collection, Bank of Canada.

    Photographed by Gord Carter, Ottawa

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